NBA General Managers make their picks for 2006-07
GM Survey: Top Coaches

Can the Heat repeat as NBA champions? Who will be named this year's MVP? Rookie of the Year? Most improved team?

NBA.com posed these questions and more to the league's general managers, and nearly all of the GM's responded to our survey.* Here's what the guys who call the shots think will transpire this season.


Heat
Pat Riley
Who is the best head coach in the NBA?
Pat Riley, Miami
44.4%
Gregg Popovich, San Antonio
25.9%
Phil Jackson, L.A. Lakers
18.5%
Others receiving votes: Scott Skiles, Chicago, Jerry Sloan, Utah


Heat
Pat Riley
Which head coach is the best manager/motivator of people?
Pat Riley, Miami
50.0%
23.1%
Phil Jackson, L.A. Lakers
15.4%
Others receiving votes: Mike D'Antoni, Phoenix, Gregg Popovich, San Antonio


Heat
Gregg Popovich
Which head coach makes the best in-game adjustments?
Gregg Popovich, San Antonio
23.1%
Pat Riley, Miami
23.1%
Scott Skiles, Chicago
15.4%
Others receiving votes: Rick Carlisle, Indiana, Mike D'Antoni, Phoenix, Phil Jackson, L.A. Lakers, George Karl, Denver, Don Nelson, Golden State, Jerry Sloan, Utah, Jeff Van Gundy, Houston


Heat
Pat Riley
Which head coach is the best in the last two minutes of a close game?
Pat Riley, Miami
30.8%
Gregg Popovich, San Antonio
15.4%
Phil Jackson, L.A. Lakers
11.5%
Others receiving votes: Rick Carlisle, Indiana, Mike D'Antoni, Phoenix, Mike Fratello, Memphis, George Karl, Denver, Don Nelson, Golden State, Doc Rivers, Boston, Scott Skiles, Chicago, Jerry Sloan, Utah, Jeff Van Gundy, Houston


Heat
Del Harris
Who is the best assistant coach in the NBA?
Del Harris, Dallas
23.1%
Marc Iavaroni, Phoenix
19.2%
15.4%
Others receiving votes: P.J. Carlesimo, San Antonio; Larry Drew, Atlanta; Tim Grgurich, Denver; Terry Porter, Detroit; Ron Rothstein, Miami; Erik Spoelstra, Miami; Tom Thibodeau, Houston; Tex Winter; Randy Wittman, Minnesota


Heat
Steve Nash
Which active player will make the best head coach someday?
Steve Nash, Phoenix
23.1%
Eric Snow, Cleveland
19.2%
Shane Battier, Houston
11.5%
Others receiving votes: Darrell Armstrong, Indiana, Bruce Bowen, San Antonio, P.J. Brown, Chicago, Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers, Kirk Hinrich, Chicago, Lindsey Hunter, Detroit, Anthony Johnson, Dallas, Jason Kidd, New Jersey, Brevin Knight, Charlotte, Chris Paul, New Orleans/Oklahoma City, Jacque Vaughn, San Antonio


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(* - Percentages are based on the pool of respondents to the survey, rather than all 30 general managers.)